By: Christine Real

Date: March 21, 2016

Here at Subtext, we are always looking for ways to support our fellow team members and their extracurricular activities. I’ve been involved with The Ethiopia Project for over 5 years putting to use my web developer skills and managing their website along with being an active member of the board. I enjoy all sports and have been a runner for many years, so when a friend asked me to help with this non-profit, I was excited to get involved.

The Ethiopia Project’s mission is to collect new and gently used running shoes to distribute to runners in Ethiopia. We have recently expanded our mission to start collecting funds to rebuild a High School science lab that collapsed in Gondar, Ethiopia.

Our fundraising efforts include the annual Santa Speedo fun run in Northwest Portland, the Run-Your-Shoes-Off 5K race where runners donate their shoes at the finish line, a silent auction with a meal of traditional Ethiopian food, and several other events over the years. After doing some brainstorming for new efforts, we landed on the idea to roast and sell Ethiopian coffee. With Portland being a well known coffee town, we thought it would be a perfect way to raise funds and share one of Ethiopia’s main products, coffee!

We partnered with Sterling Coffee Roasters to roast our first batch, the Fasiledes High School Roast. The funds raised from the sales of this roast will go directly to the school rebuilding project. We are starting with an in person pickup this Saturday, March 26th at Sterling Coffee on NW 21st and Flanders. One of our board members, Kyle Campbell, will be there from 8am – 11am. We have priced our 10 oz bags at $15. We are also selling via our Facebook page, so place your orders!

If you are interested in purchasing coffee, have questions about the project, or would like to get involved, feel free to contact me, Christine Real at [email protected]